Most adults have experienced insomnia
or sleeplessness at one time or another in their lives. An estimated 30%-50% of the general population are affected by insomnia,
and 10% have chronic insomnia
What is Insomnia?
is a symptom, not a stand-alone diagnosis or a disease. By definition, insomnia
- · affects all age groups
- · in adults, affects women more than men AND its incidence increases with age; "difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both"
- · may be due to inadequate quality or quantity of sleep.
is not defined by a specific number of hours of sleep that a person gets, since individuals vary widely in their sleep needs and practices. Although most of us know what insomnia
is and how we feel and perform after one or more sleepless nights, few seek medical advice. Many people remain unaware of the behavioural and psychological options available to treat insomnia
is generally classified based on the duration of the problem. Not everyone agrees on one definition, but generally:
- · symptoms lasting less than one week are classified as transient insomnia,
- · symptoms between one to three weeks are classified as short-term insomnia, and
- · those longer than three weeks are classified as chronic insomnia.
, can help by assessing the factors relevant to your own Insomnia
issues and then providing the best suited approaches to address this.
Approaches that are very effective for Insomnia
- ·EMDR, reducing the distress attached the emotions and thoughts arising from the inability to sleep.
- ·Hypnotherapy - there are many different approaches that can be used, by discussing your particular situation, I can then utilise the most effective approach to meet your needs.